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Marriage

As Roman Catholics, we believe that when a man and woman promise each other to enter a permanent relationship dissolved only in death; to be faithful sexually and in all ways, every day of their lives; and to be creative in their relationship, especially with the gift of children –- then the Church proclaims they are a sacrament. They are a reflection of God’s love in our world. The community of Saint Michael Catholic Church wants to join with you, your family and friends in such a sacred proclamation. 

Marriage is celebrated by the bride and groom and presided over by a priest or deacon. The liturgical celebration includes the proclamation of God’s word and the exchange of vows in the presence of two witnesses and a priest or deacon. 

If the bride and groom are both Catholic, the liturgical celebration may include the Eucharist. In this decision, consideration must be given to the number of Roman Catholics present and how many will be of another faith or another Christian tradition, since they can not be openly invited to the table of Eucharist. The analogy would be, “Would you invite people to your home for a meal when they cannot sit at your table and eat?

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